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1965 Pontiac GP- my 1st vinyl roof


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#1 geetee66

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

I think this was one of the quickest builds I've done.

Probably due to the age of the kit, it had a simple chassis with moulded rear axle, tailpipes and front suspension. I made stub axles for the front wheels and got rid of the metal axle that would've gone through the holes in the engine, which I filled.

I bought some Fujimi wheels for it, but I had to grind out the rear wheel tubs to get clearance for the wider rears. The Advan tyres are excellent, with a fine asymetric tread and really nice lettering on the sidewalls.

I made an electric fan and a bracket, as the blown engine option didn't have a fan belt or fan. I added hoses to the radiator and made some bellflower type mufflers.

The vinyl roof was done with two thin lines of masking tap to mimic the seams, then 3 light coats of with 3M Spraymount, then primered and sprayed matt black. I was chuffed with the results.

Here are some pics:

I don't know why the picture doesn't show up. If I use the 'image' button to add the url, I just get a red X in a box and no picture.

 

http://public.fotki....gp-038-jpg.html

 

http://public.fotki....gp-021-jpg.html

 

http://public.fotki....gp-004-jpg.html

 

Comments/critique welcome

thanks for looking

 



#2 Sixties Sam

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

Very nice! Those old Pontiac land yachts are cool! Roof looks good!

 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I'm not in love with the wheels, but the model is awesome!! The vinyl top looks perfect.



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

Cool build. really sharp paint and stance..



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

I love the wheels on it Guy, great paint too! The vinyl top looks great, and the painted undercoating on the rocker panels is a great touch, my parent's '66 Catalina had body-colored undercoating!



#6 realgone58

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

I'm not in love with the wheels, but the model is awesome!! The vinyl top looks perfect.

I'll agree.



#7 Albie D

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:40 AM

Nice build, good foil work and stance.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:38 AM

Great looking model Guy.  I built one of these abut 15 years ago after I got back into the hobby but it looks nowhere near as good as yours.  Your build makes me think about redoing mine.  Nice job..!!



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:40 AM

Very nice, the color looks great and the vinyl top looks very convincing!

#10 W-Machine

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:38 AM

Very well done! The vinyl top looks great with that paint color, classy and understated.



#11 Mike 1017

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:45 AM

Love those big Pontiacs.Congrats on a well done car

#12 jaydar

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:52 AM

Very nice. Usually, i would favor the stock wheels but those work for me.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

Here are your pics Guy...................

 

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Very nice and clean! For a first time trying a vinyl roof, yours is darn near perfect.......correct seams and all! ;)



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

Really nice build !   Love the colors !



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:11 AM

Great work. What body paint did you use?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

That came out nice!



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

Thankyou Mr Obsessive!!

I'd love to know how you managed that. I've been trying for hours and still couldn't get it to work. Same on the other Forum.

 

Skip, the paint is from a rattle can and is Rover Gunmetal metallic.

I was quite happy with the finish, considering I disobeyed all the instructions on the can.

I painted this outside in windy, wet, cold and dark conditions. I had to wait for the icy wind to ease for a moment, so I could spray without debris flying around in the air. I had to dodge fine drops of rain, too. I admit I was impatient, but the gamble paid off.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Is Rover the brand? I would suspect it's the car designation.

 

EDIT:  Google reveals it's the Hycote brand, which I can't find as being available in the US. Does anyone know of a US source?


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

very cool GP!  Those wheels are spot on and the engine looks spectacular.  Well done.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:05 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, chaps!

You're right, Skip. The paint is for Rover cars (A once proud British manufacturer, sold to the Chinese for a disgracefully low sum).

In the UK we have a retailer called Halfords, who sell everything for cars. They can custom mix paint, too.

I always use their paint, as it is reliable and fairly cheap.